Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Coffee is good for you, more science shows

Coffee is good for you, more science shows

Researchers found a lower risk of death among coffee drinkers, including people who drank eight or more cups each day.

The study, conducted by the US National Cancer Institute, used data from more than 500,000 British volunteers.

A population-based study that included people ages 38 to 73 drew an association between coffee and health, meaning that coffee might not be the cause of longevity, just a coincidental factor.

It was also the first large study to suggest a benefit even in people with genetic glitches affecting how their bodies use caffeine.

On the basis of this study, some people who were holding back on coffee because of lingering health concerns may want to drink a little more if they want to, professor Lichstenstein says.

Past studies have indicated an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson's and cancers of the liver, bowel, colon and endometrium.

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Overall, coffee drinkers were about 10 to 15 per cent less likely to die than abstainers during a decade of follow-up. To reap the benefit, it doesn't matter if your coffee is decaf or instant or caffeinated, the researchers said.

The researchers found longevity benefits linked with almost every level and type of coffee consumption.

Coffee contains more than 1,000 compounds that might explain the results, including cell-protecting antioxidants.

However, despite the findings, the researchers are warning people not to significantly increase their coffee intake in a weird quest for eternal life.

So there you have it: a habit that so many of us enjoy that is suggested, once again, to actually be good for us.

However, the team behind the study stressed they only found a correlation between coffee and a lower chance of death.

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So go on, drink another cup, guilt-free.

People should also be aware that some people have a physical sensitivity to coffee.

This study also looked at another question scientists have been asking: how genetics affects coffee consumption. "This new study is consistent with the previous studies but show [s] that the potential benefit extends to higher intakes of coffee,"he said."But [it] doesn't mean that everyone should drink 8 cups of coffee a day". But non-coffee drinkers were more likely to have died than coffee-drinkers. Some people are more sensitive to the effects of coffee.

A new study links drinking coffee to living a longer life, according to research published Monday.

When all causes of death were combined, even slow caffeine metabolisers had a longevity boost. So the next time someone says they're trying to limit their coffee consumption, you can tell them not to worry about it.

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